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International Student: International Graduate

Am I an international master’s or post-baccalaureate graduate applicant?

An international master’s or post-baccalaureate graduate applicant is a student who wishes to study at our university on an F-1 (student) visa or J-1 (exchange) visa, and who is in the process of completing or has completed a post-secondary degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree. Graduate students may apply for admission to a master's or doctoral degree program at CSUN.

Two Application Processes

  • Applicants to master's and doctoral programs must typically apply to both the university and the academic department. Some departments may require a separate departmental application.
  • Please note that some graduate programs may have earlier filing deadlines than the university deadlines, or they may accept applications only for fall admission.

Master's or doctoral program applicants must meet any additional admission requirements for the specific graduate program. Please review these requirements by locating your program in the University Catalog (programs).

Application and Document Deadlines

Application and document deadlines for international applicants are shown in the table below. 

Table of our application and document deadlines
SemesterApplication DeadlineDocument Deadline

For Fall Admission:
The application filing period opens October 1.

May 31June 15

For Spring Admission:
The application filing period opens August 1.

October 31November 15

Items to Submit

International graduate applicants to CSUN are required to submit the following:

  • Complete online application at Cal State Apply. Please read the instructions carefully and complete all appropriate sections.
  • A $70.00 (US currency) non-refundable application fee.
  • Any applicable Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or other graduate examinations results. Scores must be sent directly to CSUN from the testing agency. Use CSUN school code 4707.
  • Affidavit of Financial Support (.pdf) and bank statement. Both pages of the financial affidavit and the bank statement may be emailed to intladm@csun.edu
  • All official academic records in original language of issue. Applicants who have studied in the U.S. are required to have the institution(s) in the U.S. send official transcript(s) directly to CSUN.
  • Official English translations of all academic records.
  • Send OFFICIAL transcripts and translations directly to:
    CSUN - Admissions and Records
    Attention: International Admissions
    18111 Nordhoff Street
    Northridge, CA 91330-8207
    U.S.A.
  • A copy of your passport photo page.
  • Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other acceptable test. Scores must be sent directly to CSUN from the testing agency.

     

    English Language Requirement

    The English language tests and minimum scores listed in the table below are accepted by CSUN for graduate applicants. Some graduate programs require a higher score for admission to an individual program; please check the desired graduate program.

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTS AND MINIMUM SCORES
    Test Name
    and Website
    Minimum Score Required for Graduate StudentsSend Score Directly To CSUN

    Cambridge C1 Advanced English (formerly CAE)

    180

    Email “Confirmation of Entry” page to intladm@csun.edu.
    DET – Duolingo English Test

    105

    Online through your Duolingo Account. See Sending Your Results.
    EIKEN CSE – Common Scale for English

    2630 (1)

    Contact EIKEN online; they will send the score directly to us.
    GTEC CBT – Global Test of English Communication Computer-Based Test

    1200

    Have GTEC send a copy of your "Official Score Certificate" to CSUN.
    IELTS Academic - International English Language Test System

    6.5

    Have IELTS send a copy of your "Test Report Form" to CSUN.
    iTEP Academic - International Test of English Proficiency4.0

    Have iTEP send your score to CSUN.

    PTE Academic - Pearson Test of English58

    Online through your PTE Academic Account.
    TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language

    — Internet Based score: 79
    — Paper-based score: 550

    We do not accept TOEFL ITP.

    Use CSUN School Code 4707.

    Exception: If a graduate applicant has earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a college or university in the U.S., the TOEFL or other English language proficiency exam is not required.
    If a graduate applicant has earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a college or university outside the U.S. where English is the principal language of instruction, the TOEFL or other English language proficiency exam is not required. Please note:

    • CSUN interprets "where English is the principal language of instruction" to mean that a school is located in a country where English is the daily medium of communication for the majority of residents, and that students receive academic instruction in English at all levels of education.
    • Countries currently meeting the above requirement are: Australia, Belize, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, plus a few nations in the Commonwealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago).

    CSUN Intensive English Program and Conditional Admission:

    An Intensive English Program (IEP) is offered through CSUN’s Tseng College of Extended Learning. The International Admissions Office works closely with the IEP office to offer "conditional admission" to academically eligible students enrolled in the IEP. Admission to the university is guaranteed once the student has completed the English language requirement (TOEFL or other acceptable test). Read more at Intensive English and University Pathways.

After You Apply

Take the following steps to ensure the rest of your admission process goes smoothly:

  1. Set up your access to myNorthridge Portal and CSUN email. Watch for the “Activate Your CSUN Account” email from CSUN Admissions and Records sent to the address you provided in Cal State Apply. You should receive the email 1 or 2 days after you apply. For help, see account activation instructions.
  2. Check your application status. Log into myNorthridge Portal, locate “My Checklist," and review your complete and incomplete tasks, such as missing transcripts. Helpful: How-To Guides
  3. Check your CSUN email and myNorthridge Portal often for official communications.

Your academic records will be evaluated and forwarded to the graduate department for an admission decision.

We will notify you as soon as the graduate program has notified the Office of International Admissions of your admissibility to the university.

If you are denied admission to the university, you may appeal this decision by contacting the graduate program to which you applied.

After You are Admitted

Admitted Graduate Students

Graduate student from inside the U.S.

Form I-20 and SEVIS Record

After you receive our email notifying you of your admission to CSUN, please ask your college or university advisor to transfer your SEVIS record to CSUN. About 2 or 3 business days after your prior school releases you in the SEVIS database, our International Admissions Office will email your CSUN Form I-20 to the email account you provided in your Cal State Apply admission application.

If you prefer one of the following options other than receiving your I-20 by email, please contact us at intladm@csun.edu as soon as possible:

  • Pick up your CSUN Form I-20 from our International Admissions Office at CSUN.
  • Ask us to hold your I-20 for a friend or family member to pick up.
  • Ask us to mail your I-20 to you or a friend or family member.

Visa & Immigration Advisement

 

 

 

You will also receive instructions by email from CSUN's International and Exchange Student Center (IESC) to complete the mandatory online session called the Immigration Requirements for Newly Admitted International Students.

Class Registration

A “new student registration” email with instructions for your first semester of enrollment will be sent to your CSUN email account. Your enrollment appointment will also display in myNorthridge Portal* under "My Checklist" each semester. However, you cannot enroll in courses until you complete IESC's Online Immigration Requirements and contact IESC.

*For help with myNorthridge Portal, see the How To Guides, including:

Graduate student from outside the U.S.

Form I-20 and SEVIS Record

You will receive a letter of admission, instructions to complete the mandatory online session called Immigration Requirements for Newly Admitted International Students, a copy of the departmental admission form (1295) for your master's program, and, for some programs, specific communications from your graduate department.

Our International Admissions Office will email your CSUN Form I-20 to the email account you provided in your Cal State Apply admission application. If you prefer one of the following options other than receiving your I-20 by email, please contact us at intladm@csun.edu as soon as possible:

  • Pick up your CSUN Form I-20 from our International Admissions Office at CSUN.
  • Ask us to hold your I-20 for a friend or family member to pick up.
  • Ask us to mail your I-20 to you or a friend or family member.

Please arrange an appointment at a local U.S. Embassy to secure your F-1 student visa. This can be a long process, so please make the appointment as soon as possible.

Class Registration

A “new student registration” email with instructions for your first semester of enrollment will be sent to your CSUN email account. Your enrollment appointment will also display in myNorthridge Portal under "My Checklist" each semester.

However, you cannot register for classes until:

Upon arrival, you will need to arrange a meeting with an advisor in the International and Exchange Student Center (IESC).

*For help with myNorthridge Portal, see the How To Guides, including:

Best wishes for your first semester at CSUN!

Tuition and Payment Deadline

You and your family should take time to understand what your costs will be so you can make informed choices when preparing for this next step in your education. The resources below will help you to estimate the cost of attending CSUN:

  1. Visit the CSUN Cost of Attendance page.
  2. Use the CSUN Net Price Calculator.
  3. Review and complete the Affidavit of Financial Support (PDF) (see “Items to Submit” above).

Although the university does not offer financial aid to international students, other sources of funding exist. To determine how these resources can assist you with the cost of attendance, visit International Student Aid.

For the most up-to-date information regarding tuition and other fees, refer to the Student Finance website.
The tuition payment deadline for international students is the Friday of the first week of classes, every semester.

If you would like to request an extension, please contact us: intlpayments@csun.edu.

Note: A late payment (after the first week of classes) is not allowed for international students in their final semester at our university.

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